Above The Fray

So much of my mind this past year has been working on thoughts of the day to day. – How to shore up my finances. – Where I will be living in the near future. – How I relate with others.

I have just finished my 2nd year of law school. The summer has begun not but 2 hours ago. And my mind is already elevated. Unencumbered by a schedule of exams, no longer plotting on how best to prepare for the next test of my skill, I find myself already ruminating in thoughts of virtue, poetry, kindness, art and beauty.

My mind is my own again. At least for the summer. This is freedom. This is why I long to be unencumbered.

To have my consciousness churning to keep track of schedules, dealing with personal politics or working on thoughts of increasing productivity or efficiency, is to keep myself from what makes me happiest.

My lack of ambition makes me free. No need to worry about how to land that first legal job. No concerns about how to build a growing practice of my own. Just contentment in my position. – Gratitude for my lack of want. I need so little. I have no concerns.

I don’t desire power. I don’t desire recognition. I don’t need to accomplish or build or contribute. I can go about things with complete sincerity.

Mind mind is at liberty to reflect, rather than toil.

I will never let this go.

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  1. MichaelAndrewLo
    Posted May 16, 2011 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    WOW. Love this. It’s so true.

  2. eh
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 3:17 am | Permalink

    Given everything you write (I’ve not read that much yet), and the way you seem to think and feel, one question: Why the heck are you going to law school?

  3. Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Hey eh. I address that here a bit. Basically it’s something I’ve always thought I might want to do, and I got a chance to do it for free so jumped at it. Now I’m in the middle of it and enjoying it well enough to want to finish. Sometimes, from time to time, I think it might be fun to have a part-time solo practice pulling in $5k-$15k/year for a few years. But we’ll see about that.